BioInnovation Institute joins in yet another important collaboration to accelerate top-tier life science research. The Capital Region of Denmark and BII will work together to find the most promising, very early life science projects with the potential to impact grand societal needs through new spin-outs.
“The Capital Region of Denmark encompasses seven hospitals and many excellent researchers. BII wishes to support their world-class science through substantial funding and business development in the BII Faculty Program,” says Jens Nielsen, CEO of BII.
In October 2020, the first project from one of The Capital Region of Denmark’s seven hospitals was accepted in the program. Professor Henriette Svarre Nielsen from Hvidovre Hospital is a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and an expert in reproduction and recurrent pregnancy loss. She leads a research group that has relocated to BII for three years to develop a diagnostic test that can inform couples after a pregnancy loss to guide relevant actions.
Alongside the relocation to the entrepreneurial environment with business development support, a project also receives up to DKK 18M in three years.
”The work of Henriette Svarre Nielsen is a great example of the high-quality research we see from researchers in The Capital Region of Denmark. That is why this new collaboration is very important to BII in our journey to benefit people and society through new solutions,” says Jens Nielsen.
The agreement will ensure the best conditions for potential project spin-outs as it covers all terms including licensing of IP.
“I am glad that we can now very directly identify promising research ideas and connect them to the BioInnovation Institute. It says something about the excellent research conditions in the university and hospital environments, where the ideas grow. It also meets the Capital Region of Denmark’s goal that all good health research should be able to contribute more quickly to solving health challenges through new products and services,” says Mads Monrad Hansen, Acting Center Director, Centre for Regional Development, and head of department, Health Research and Innovation in the Capital Region of Denmark.
In 2020, BII announced partnerships with the Technical University of Denmark, The University of Copenhagen, Bispebjerg Hospital and Aarhus University.